Design Rules for Laser Powder Bed Fusion


Upon completion of this course you will be able to prepare a model fit for submission to a bureau to be manufactured using Laser Powder Bed Fusion.

Is this course for you?

Are you a design engineer interested in creating products using Laser Powder Bed Fusion?

Do you want to prepare designs for submission to a bureau and be sure they will be approved?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then this course is for you.

Delivery Online learning

Duration 1 Hour
Cost £49.99+VAT
Level Advanced

Target Audience

Design engineers looking to prepare models for manufacture using Laser Powder Bed Fusion at an external bureau.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the unique considerations a designer must deal with in order to create an effective Laser Powder Bed Fusion design
  • Implement effective design adjustments in order to optimise key features (which would otherwise affect build-ability)
  • Identify methods to optimise a design for post-processing and inspection
  • Apply process-specific design rules for Laser Powder Bed Fusion to example 3D models

Course Content

  • Introduction
    How does Laser Powder Bed Fusion work?
    Introduction to designing for  Laser Powder Bed Fusion
  • Designing for  Laser Powder Bed Fusion
    What do I need to understand as a designer?
    – Powder
    – Re-coater
    – Supports
    – Layers
    – Anisotropy
    – Residual stress
    What is unique about Laser Powder Bed Fusion ?
    Overall guidelines and insight
  • Process-specific design rules (Design for Manufacture)
    – Pin diameter
    – Embossed/engraved features
    – Horizontal bridges
    – Connecting and moving parts
    – Holes
    – Minimum feature size
    Build volume
    Design considerations
    – Design for Inspection
    – Design for Post Processing
  • Application
    Selecting correct adjustment
    Selecting complete design most suited to Laser Powder Bed Fusion
    Case study based decision-making activity